The Gulf of Mexico's
Marine Mammals


There are 29 marine mammal species found in the Gulf of Mexico, which are listed below in alphabetical order by their common names. Click on the link of the mammal that interests you and you will receive some background information on the species including their abundance, behavior, description, and distribution.

  1. Atlantic Spotted Dolphin - Stenella frontalis

  2. Blainville's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon densirostris

  3. Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus

  4. Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus

  5. Bryde's Whale - Balaenoptera edeni

  6. Clymene Dolphin - Stenella clymene

  7. Cuvier's Beaked Whale - Ziphius cavirostris

  8. Dwarf Sperm Whale - Kogia simus

  9. False Killer Whale - Pseudorca crassidens

  10. Fin Whale - Balaenoptera physalus

  11. Fraser's Dolphin - Lagenodelphis hosei

  12. Gervais' Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon europaeus

  13. Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae

  14. Killer Whale - Orcinus orca

  15. Melon-headed Whale - Peponocephala electra

  16. Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata

  17. Northern Right Whale - Eubalaena glacialis

  18. Pantropical Spotted Dolphin - Stenella attenuata

  19. Pygmy Killer Whale - Feresa attenuata

  20. Pygmy Sperm Whale - Kogia breviceps

  21. Risso's Dolphin - Grampus griseus

  22. Rough-toothed Dolphin - Steno bredanensis

  23. Sei Whale - Balaenoptera borealis

  24. Short-finned Pilot Whale - Globicephala macrorhynchus

  25. Sowerby's Beaked Whale - Mesoplodon bidens

  26. Sperm Whale - Physeter macrocephalus

  27. Spinner Dolphin (Long-snouted) - Stenella longirostris

  28. Striped Dolphin - Stenella coeruleoalba

  29. West Indian Manatee - Trichechus manatus


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Source of information: Carwardine, Mark. Eyewitness Handbook Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises.. 1995.
Leatherwood, Stephen and Randall R. Reeves. The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins. 1983.
Wynne, Kate and Malia Schwartz. A Guide To Marine Mammals & Turtles of the U.S. Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico. 1999.


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